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It is a double-cutaway guitar, with an extended top "horn" shape for balance like the Precision Bass guitar.
Many Stratocaster players opt to tighten the springs (or even increase the number of springs used) so that the bridge is firmly anchored against the guitar body: in this configuration, the vibrato arm can still be used to slacken the strings and therefore lower the pitch, but it cannot be used to raise the pitch (a configuration sometimes referred to as "dive-only").
In the floating position, players can move the bridge-mounted vibrato tremolo arm up or down to modulate the pitch of the notes being played.
Hank Marvin, have used the Stratocaster's floating vibrato extensively in their playing.
There is considerable debate about the effects on tone and sustain of the material used in the vibrato system's 'inertia bar' and many aftermarket versions are available.
The Stratocaster features three single coil pickups, with the output originally selected by a 3-way switch.